2020 start

Intercultural Communication and International Development

School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences

The world needs developers who can communicate across cultural boundaries and bring people together. As a graduate of this course, you’ll be well placed to make a difference. You'll put theory into practice during a ten-day field class overseas.
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Course description

This course is designed to produce international development practitioners with advanced intercultural communication skills – it’s taught by the School of Languages and Cultures and the Department of Geography. 

A module on international project management integrates the two subjects and there are communication seminars designed for developers.

Fieldwork is important. The course includes a compulsory field class in the global south. Recent field classes were in the Galapagos, Nepal and Tanzania.

In a global society based on fairness, everyone’s voice should be heard. The world needs developers who can communicate across cultural boundaries and bring people together. As a graduate of this course, you’ll be well placed to make a difference.

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Core modules

  • Concepts and Approaches in Intercultural Communication
  • Ethnography
  • Reflective Practice
  • Ideas and Practice in International Development
  • Intercultural Communication in Practice
  • International Development Field Class
  • Placement Dissertation
  • Research Methods in Modern Languages
  • Study and Dissertation Support

You’ll also take a ten-day field class overseas. The cost of the field trip class is included in the fees. There will be an extra cost for the dissertation placement in the global south but it’s great experience and value for money.

Optional modules

Examples include:

  • International Management
  • Language in Context
  • Key Issues in Environment and Development
  • Understanding Environmental Change
  • Living with Climate Change
  • International Project Management
  • Translation Skills
  • Enhanced Languages Project 1
  • Enhanced Languages Project 2
  • Tandem Learning for Intercultural Communication
  • Localisation for Linguists
  • Cities of Diversity
  • Cities of the South: Planning for Informality
  • Intercultural Communication in Practice


Lectures, seminars, small-group work and workshops.


You’re assessed on coursework and a dissertation. The dissertation involves a work placement (often undertaken in the global south) with a development organisation.


1 year full-time

Postgraduate Cameron Fay, Intercultural Communication and International Development

The scholarship I received has allowed me to pursue my ambitions of undertaking an MA in Intercultural Communication and International Development. Coming from a low-income background, without it I would not have been able to fund my masters for many years. It has taken much of the financial stress out of studying and, as I am not having to work too many hours to fund my living costs, I am able to dedicate some hours towards volunteering with a local refugee centre.

It also allows me to engage fully with the course and take advantage of the opportunity to go on the field trip to either the Galapagos, Tanzania or Nepal, and to gain professional experience with an NGO in Mozambique!

Cameron Fay
MA Intercultural Communication and International Development

Entry requirements

A 2:1 in an arts or social sciences subject and an advanced working knowledge of two languages (CEFR B1/B2).

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.